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Monday, December 11, 2017

Mario Batali "steps away" from restaurants amid allegations of sexual misconduct

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 3:57 PM

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped away from his restaurant empire amid allegations of sexual misconduct. - COURTESY CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped away from his restaurant empire amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped down from his restaurant group following allegations of sexual misconduct, according to an investigation by the website Eater.com.

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El Libre shutters French Quarter location

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 2:14 PM

Cuban cafe and cocktail den El Libre has closed its French Quarter location and will move to a larger spot in Uptown in early 2018. - COURTESY EL LIBRE/FACEBOOK
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  • Cuban cafe and cocktail den El Libre has closed its French Quarter location and will move to a larger spot in Uptown in early 2018.

French Quarter Cuban cafe and cocktail hub El Libre (508 Dumaine St.) has closed its French Quarter location. Its last day for business was Dec. 10, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant’s owners.

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Last chance to eat at Ruby Slipper Cafe's original Mid-City location

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 2:09 PM

The Ruby Slipper Cafe location at 139 S. Cortez St. will close permanently after Dec. 17. A new larger location will open at 315 S. Broad St. Dec. 22. - COURTESY RUBY SLIPPER CAFE/FACEBOOK
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  • The Ruby Slipper Cafe location at 139 S. Cortez St. will close permanently after Dec. 17. A new larger location will open at 315 S. Broad St. Dec. 22.

This week marks the last chance diners have to eat at the Ruby Slipper Cafe’s flagship location in Mid-City before it closes.

Sunday, Dec. 17 is the last day of service at the original location at 139 S. Cortez St. Ruby Slipper brunch fans can get eggs Blackstone, barbecue shrimp and grits and grapefruit mimosas at the new Mid-City location at 315. S. Broad St. beginning Dec. 22.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Chef Robert Vasquez departs Briquette and Opal Basil

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Chef Robert Vasquez has departed new Warehouse District restaurant Briquette as executive chef. - COURTESY CHEF ROBERT VASQUEZ
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  • Chef Robert Vasquez has departed new Warehouse District restaurant Briquette as executive chef.

Just two months in, Warehouse District restaurant Briquette (701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496) and its opening executive chef Robert Vasquez have parted ways.

Restaurateurs Anna and Anthony Tusa opened the restaurant with Vasquez and his wife Lindsey Jo Vasquez on Oct. 5. Anna Tusa confirmed Tuesday that Vasquez departed sometime last month.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Blue Line Sandwich Co. opening soon in the CBD

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Blue Line Sandwich Co. is opening a second location at 514 S. Rampart St. - COURTESY BLUE LINE SANDWICH CO./FACEBOOK
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  • Blue Line Sandwich Co. is opening a second location at 514 S. Rampart St.

A new Blue Line Sandwich Co. (2023 Metairie Road, Metarie, 504-309-3773) is coming to the Central Business District, possibly as soon as Wednesday.

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Flamingo A-Go-Go is now open in the Warehouse District

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Flamingo A-Go-Go, a new bar and restaurant in the Warehouse District, opened Friday. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Flamingo A-Go-Go, a new bar and restaurant in the Warehouse District, opened Friday.

Flashy new bar and restaurant Flamingo A-Go-Go (869 Magazine St., 504-577-2202) is now open in the Warehouse District. The latest project from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts opened Dec. 1.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Three New Orleans restaurants celebrate Feast of the Seven Fishes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Avo, Josephine Estelle and GW Fins are all celebrating with Feast of the Seven Fishes dinners this month. - COURTESY AVO
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  • Avo, Josephine Estelle and GW Fins are all celebrating with Feast of the Seven Fishes dinners this month.

During the holidays, many Italians and Italian Americans celebrate the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Typically held on Christmas Eve, the Southern Italian feast — also known as La Viglia — features seven types of seafood. Here are three restaurants in New Orleans offering their take on the tradition.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Carmo starts breakfast service Dec. 1

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Carmo in the Warehouse District will start serving breakfast on Dec. 1. - COURTESY CARMO
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  • Carmo in the Warehouse District will start serving breakfast on Dec. 1.

Good news for Warehouse District dwellers and workers: Carmo (527 Julia St., 504-875-4132), the tropical-themed restaurant from chef and owners Dana and Christina Honn, will soon serve breakfast.

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Ca. 1718 takes over kitchen at Three Palms Bar & Grill

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Ca. 1718, a new bar food concept from chef Melissa Araujo inside the Three Palms Bar & Grill, will open in January 2018. - COURTESY MELISSA ARAUJO
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  • Ca. 1718, a new bar food concept from chef Melissa Araujo inside the Three Palms Bar & Grill, will open in January 2018.

Alma
chef Melissa Araujo is taking over the kitchen at the Mid-City watering hole Three Palms Bar & Grill (3813 Tulane Ave., 504-459-4474).

Ca. 1718, named for the year the city of New Orleans was founded by the French, will open in January 2018 and serve bar food, Araujo says.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Big Freedia's rosé wine is now available

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 2:31 PM

PHOTO BY DOMINIQUE MCCLELLAN
  • PHOTO BY DOMINIQUE McCLELLAN

Madonna. John Legend. Lil John. Mike Ditka. Big Freedia.

The New Orleans bounce star has joined the sphere of celebrity enjoyed only by artists who have their own wine, with the debut of her first vintage: Ca' Di Freedia Rosé.

Inspired by a rose from Ca' Di Frara she tasted in Italy, "I just had to bring it back to the states," Freedia said in a statement. "I always have to put my stamp on it, so Ca' Di Freedia was born."

The sparkling rosé is made with pinot noir grapes from Oltrepò Pavese in northwest Italy. It's available at Second Vine Wine (1027 Touro St.) and a press release promises it will be available at other retailers soon.

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